The Story So Far

Over 100 years ago, local residents united together and raised money to build the Southwold and District Hospital to care for all people – young and old, prosperous and poor. This was at a time when the majority of the population were farm workers, fishermen, and artisans; their average life expectancy was 40 years old.

When the NHS called for a consultation on the future of the hospital, the community saw the writing on the wall – sale to the highest bidder, demolition of an iconic civic building, and redevelopment as luxury housing.

The fact that this did not happen is a tribute to the fighting spirit of Southwold and Reydon. This little community waged a two-year David vs Goliath battle to regain control of the hospital that it had originally built.

Now, through your investment in the Old Hospital Fund, the community will regain ownership of this iconic building.

November 2015
The NHS closes the Old Hospital.

February 2016
The Old Hospital designated an Asset of Community Value. The NHS appeals the decision.

May 2016
Unanimous public vote to conduct a feasibility study into buying back the Old Hospital.

June 2016
We win the appeal! The feasibility study begins.

April 2017
Unanimous public vote endorsing the feasibility study findings.  SouthGen tasked to partner with Hastoe to buy back & redevelop the building, using community shares.

March 2018
Mission accomplished.  SouthGen and Hastoe buy the Old Hospital.

May 2018
Community celebration party raises £11,000.

June 2018 – March 2019
SouthGen raises 66% of the money needed to build the Community Hub.

May 2019
Community Share Offer launches 10th May.

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